We Have Not Forgotten About You!
As a matter of fact, YOU are the reason we continue to make phone calls, send weekly messages like this one, and offer quality virtual classes on Zoom, Facebook, and WCOT TV. YOU are the reason we love our jobs with the Tallahassee Senior Center & Foundation! YOU are the reason we are sprucing up, cleaning and painting. We want to be ready when the time comes, and our City management feels it is safe for you to join us in person.

Until then, I have to brag on our incredible, quick-pivoting TSC Team. In record time, they transformed many of our classes and services from in-person to virtual. We may not be offering our usual 180 activities each month, but 50 different classes are now available on our You Tube channel ( click here ). You can watch on Facebook, on demand, or on the City’s Channel 13.

Ok, I know it’s not the same. And technology is not for everyone. But protecting you from COVID-19 is more important right now so YOU are able to come back when we reopen. I encourage you to follow the guidelines: wear your mask in public, wash your hands often, and yes, stay physically 6 feet away from other people. The better we do that, the fewer people will be affected.

YOUR Senior Center is here for you now via phone and virtually, and will be here for years to come for all of our age 50+ residents. We value the diversity of your backgrounds, lifestyles, interests, neighborhoods, and various levels of technological abilities :) - that's what makes the Senior Center a wonderful place! We conscientiously strive to ensure everyone feels welcome and finds purpose at TSC and our satellite sites. And, now, while we can’t be together socially, we hope you feel personally connected to one of our staff, your instructor, or your fellow classmates.

If you are feeling lonely or isolated please give us a call. Someone is answering the phone from 8 am to 4 pm, Monday through Friday - or send me an email at Sheila.Salyer@talgov.com - and one of us will get back with you. YOU have been amazingly resilient during these past four months, and we want to help support you even though the buildings remain closed for now.

Our goal has always been that no one feels alone, even though you may be home alone. Thanks to many of YOU who have renewed your Membership or joined for the first time, as well made several generous donations – including a few who have donated their stimulus money – programs continue to be offered. This would not be possible without YOU.

I remain confident that TSC will be stronger than ever after this pandemic, and that YOU will be there with us when we reopen our doors. 

Thank YOU for taking part in our classes and activities, reading our emails, and answering our phone calls. Your kind words, thank you “love” notes, and continued giving, motivate and energize YOUR TSC Team to hang in there. Let us know what helps you hang in there through the ups and downs of COVID-19. We hope to help you find new virtual adventures until we can meet in person again.

With positive thoughts – take care,
Sheila, Honored to be YOUR Senior Center Director
Staying Safe, Active & Engaged in Your Community
Staying engaged and active in your community is important to many, and can help maintain your physical and cognitive health. Social engagement combats loneliness, and volunteerism can give you a sense of place and purpose, within your community. Whether you are volunteering, assisting a neighbor, or just heading out for a walk, don’t forget to attend to your own safety in each situation. The key to staying safe is an awareness of what is happening around you at all times. If you are planning on getting involved in community activities, consider the following safety tips ( click here ) as well as safety tips from the TPD .

The resource information above was researched by Nick Schrader, Southside Outreach Assistant . Resource Cards are a service of  Tallahassee Senior Services  and the  Tallahassee Senior Center & Foundation .

For more information or questions, call 850.891.4043, or email  Sandra Stoutamire . Note: Information on this July 2020 resource card is not guaranteed to be all-inclusive and does not imply endorsement of any persons, offices, or agencies by Tallahassee Senior Center.
Cyber Scams: Using the Internet Safely
Staying safe online is increasingly important as technology continues to advance. Join Secure Florida on Thu., Jul. 16 at 1 p.m. for an online safety webinar discussion about best practices for safely using your email, internet browsing, and some of the most common scams both on and offline. Presented by Ashley Hall, Florida Department of Law Enforcement. To receive a link to join this informative webinar, email Maureen.Haberfeld@talgov.com by 7/15.
Virtual Ice Cream Social
Tune in Mon., July 13 @ 12:30 p.m.
Grab a scoop of your sweet, creamy, favorite ice cream or sorbet (DIY - see recipes below) and gather on Facebook LIVE - Tallahassee Senior Center on July 13 @ 12:30 pm! Together we will enjoy an interactive 30 minutes of fun, learning, and discussion on the history, evolution, favorite flavors & toppings, fun facts and quotes - all about this cold, creamy dessert! Our fabulous sponsors will add to the excitement with trivia and fun facts. Before we gather, check out some fun recipes to make this delicious treat: Make Ice Cream, in a Mason Jar ; Dairy-Free Almond Joy Ice Cream ; and, One-Ingredient Banana Ice Cream!
Lifelong Learning Classes Via Zoom!
Sopp Chop Summer Salad, Wed., Jul. 15, 2 – 3:00 p.m. Join Tapestry Senior Living Walden’s chef extraordinaire, Ryan Siler, for a live cooking class featuring his summer Sopp-Chop Salad. This tantalizing summer salad features soppressata (dry Italian salami) and the chef’s special buttermilk dressing. Recipe will be made available to participants.
Five Feet High and Rising: The Geology and History of Great Floods, Thursdays, July 23 & 30, 1:30 - 3 p.m. Hydrogeologist Joe Haberfeld will introduce the stream processes which transport water and sediment during normal flow and during floods. Examine the history and sources of some of the great floods in America and around the world. This is a 2- session class.
Register for classes by clicking here . A Zoom link to join the event will be emailed to you before the class. Thank you to our LifeLong Learning Sponsor Mulligan Park . To register for any or all of the above class(es), click here ; for questions or more information, email Maureen Haberfeld, LifeLong Learning Coordinator .

Now more than ever, your support is very important to make this possible and we encourage your donations for virtual and on demand classes – to donate, click here - to become a member - click here - or checks can be mailed (TSC Foundation, 1400 N. Monroe St. Tallahassee, FL, 32303 ) .
Tallahassee Senior Center Fitness Classes WCOT TV, FACEBOOK, & ON DEMAND
Staying active is one of the most important things we can do to stay healthy and age successfully, and we realize you are missing your weekly in-person classes. The TSCF offers a variety of virtual fitness classes - 3 (THREE) WAYS!

1) Watch on TV - Mondays, Wednesday, Fridays and Saturdays @ 9 a.m. on WCOT (Channel 13 on cable or Talgov.com/WCOT)


3) and.... STARTING THIS WEDNESDAY, JULY 1, all regularly scheduled fitness classes on our Facebook page move to 11 a.m. (and this link lives on our page - so you can find it and click on it throughout the day).

Fitness classes are provided by the City of Tallahassee Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Affairs, the Tallahassee Senior Center and Foundation, and supporters like you !
Gentle Yoga with Ferdouse Sultana, E-RYT® 500
Wednesday on WCOT @ 9 am
Stretch & Flex with Robin Perry Davis, ACSM
Saturday on WCOT @ 9 am 
Gentle Seated Yoga with Bridget Welch, LMT
Brain-Body-Balance w/ Merisha Johnson Phillips, AFAA-CPT
Friday on WCOT @ 9 am
Mindful Movement w/ Lori Roberts, certified NIA yoga instructor, sponsored by Capital Health Plan!
Monday on WCOT @ 9 am

NEW! First Monday Mindfulness with Nicolette, Mon., Jul. 6, Aug. 3 & Sept. 7 at 10 a.m., TSC Facebook page . Mindfulness is known to improve mental and physical health, including reducing stress, improving focus, and decreasing pain. This informative video explores what mindfulness means, the benefits it provides, and ways to incorporate practice into daily life. It concludes with a 10-minute guided mindfulness meditation activity that can also be practiced on your own. Presented by Nicolette Castagna, MA, MPH, RMHCI, TSC UPSLIDE Program Counselor.
Thank you to our Presenting Health & Wellness Sponsor McDonnell Hearing Solutions, LLC . For more information or questions on fitness, health and wellness programs offered by the TSCF, contact Health & Wellness Coordinator Ruth Nickens, RN, at Ruth.Nickens@talgov.com .

Thank your for your support to make these classes possible – to donate, click here - to become a member - click here - or checks can be mailed (TSC Foundation, 1400 N. Monroe St. Tallahassee, FL, 32303 ) .
Online Art Workshops, Classes & Exhibit!
NEW WORKSHOPS! 

Wacky Birds – Paper Mache, Leslie Cohen,  Fridays, July 17  th  , 24  th  and 31st, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., create your own unique fun-loving paper mache bird! $30,  For more details and to register, click here

Beginner Basics of Art with Mark Fletcher,   Tuesdays, July 14 -Sept. 1, 9:30 a.m – 12:30 p.m., basic terms, techniques, and fundamentals of art.  $80.  For more details and to register, click here.

Acrylic and Mixed Media Online, Robin Gray, Thursdays, July 16 – September 3, 9:30 – 12:00 p.m., 8-week workshop), $80. Learn to use color, shape, value, and size and practice applying paint (to paper, canvas or wood). At least one prior art class highly recommended.   For more details and to register, click here.
ONGOING CLASSES!
NEWCOMERS WELCOME! JOIN US!

Draw With Your Eyes, Paint With Your Heart, Mark Fletcher - Wednesdays, 1:30 p.m.  Pen & Ink with a little watercolor.  $10 per class. Art Cards available ($70 for 8 classes)  To register - click here.

Hands-On Art History with Mark Fletcher - Mondays, 12:30 p.m.  Create your own art applying and combining the methods of various artists like Van Gogh, Monet, Durer and others.  $10 per class. Art Cards available ($70 for 8 classes) To register - click here.

Thank you to our Art Program Sponsor Tapestry Senior Living . To register for the above class(es), click here ; for questions or more information - email Jennifer Haskins, Art Program Coordinator.
We miss gathering with TSC artists and friends and viewing the amazing artwork at our receptions. While we are unable to gather, we still are able to view amazing art! Click here to view the Art Potpourri exhibit!


Watch for the next call to artists at the end of August, inspired by Pantone Color of the Year: Classic Blue.
Dear TSC art instructors and art participants - you are invited to join the TSC for the Arts Facebook group - a forum for participants and instructors to interact on projects they are creating, lessons they are learning, and/or inspiration - click here to join this private group, answer the questions and agree to the posting rules! In order to join, you may have to first “like” the Tallahassee Senior Center page . If you have any questions, contact art coordinator Jennifer Haskins via email.
SMALL ART, BIG IMPACT

The Tallahassee Senior Center is looking for artists to create and donate small artworks (on 4.5” by 6.5” rectangles cut from fine art paper such as watercolor paper) or create greeting cards (order blank cards, envelopes included from Cheap Joes) to be used as a greeting card fundraiser for the Tallahassee Senior Center & Foundation. These can be collages, mixed media, paintings, drawing, photography, colored pencil. Let loose your creativity!

Consider participating in this fun & easy way to show your support for the Tallahassee Senior Center as you bring beauty and cheer to those who receive a unique greeting card! If interested, contact art coordinator Jennifer.Haskins@talgov.com by July 17.
More Virtual Classes!
Join Ukulele via Zoom - email Kristy.Carter@talgov.com
Ballet on Demand - click here!
Quit Smoking - Virtual Tobacco Cessation
Today is good time to quit smoking, and tobacco cessation classes - either Tuesdays 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. OR Thursdays 2 - 4 p.m. (ongoing) are now offered virtually on Zoom. Receive support and nicotine patches at no-cost. Class instructor/leader: Emily Kohler (BBAHEC). Call 850-224-9340 to register for a class of your choice. 
Zoom User Guide
Want to learn more about Zoom? How to get started? Join a meeting? Host a meeting? Tutorials? Click here!
Our programs are funded and dependent on your donations & membership
If you can, we ask that you continue to support our programs by making a donation or renewing your membership to the TSC Foundation. To make a donation - click here . For membership information and to renew online - click here or

Checks can be mailed to: TSC Foundation, 1400 N. Monroe St. Tallahassee, FL, 32303.

For information or assistance, email Karin Caster or call 891-4041.

Your donations and membership are tax deductible.

The mission of Tallahassee Senior Services is to offer programs, activities, and opportunities designed to encourage active living, optimal aging, and social fitness for independent adults age 50+.

The TSC Foundation generates funding to support programs, services and participants of Tallahassee Senior Services.

"A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF THE CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE (800-435-7352) WITHIN THE STATE or WWW.800HELPFLA.COM. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE." Registration #CH8035.
To set up automatic monthly or annual payments, complete & return the form found here.

Donations, honorariums, memorial gifts, galaxy stars, and legacy gifting are appreciated ( click here to donate ).
Additional Ways to Support Senior Services
Host a Facebook Fundraiser!
Are you celebrating a birthday or a special occasion and have enough "stuff"? How about hosting a Facebook Fundraiser to benefit the Senior Center? To do this, you must have a Facebook account/profile and then click here and follow the directions! Need help? Email Audrey Byrne.

Be certain to thank your friends for their generosity and thank you and your friends for sharing the joy of active aging opportunities for our community!
Shop at Smile.Amazon.com
Through Smile.Amazon.com, you can choose the Tallahassee Senior Citizens Foundation, Inc. as your charity of choice, and every time you shop, 0.5% of AmazonSmile purchases will be donated .
Links to programs, classes and opportunities!